ERIC Number: EJ695648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
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In the Shadow of "Brown": Special Education and Overrepresentation of Students of Color
Ferri, Beth A.; Connor, David J.
Remedial and Special Education, v26 n2 p93-100 Apr 2005
In this first decade of the 21st century, we mark two milestones in education history: the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 2004, and the 30th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2005. Both Brown and IDEA asserted the need for increased educational opportunities for once excluded groups of students and asserted that segregation was inherently harmful and unequal. However, although we might wish to celebrate, there is also a need to critically examine the unfulfilled promise of both these efforts toward integrated education. In this article, we focus on one of the most long-standing critiques of special education practice: the disproportionate placement of students of color in special education programs, referred to in the education literature as overrepresentation. We then trace some of the origins of the current problem of overrepresentation by tracing the tangled relationship of special education and resegregation in the first years following the Brown decision.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Integrated Curriculum, Educational Opportunities, Special Education, Student Placement
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act